Archive for February, 2011

Service Pack 1 for Windows 7

February 24th, 2011

On  February 22, 2011, Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 was made available for downlaod ffrom the Microsoft Service Pack Center. Windows 7 SP1 includes previously released security, performance, and stability updates, plus some improvements to features and services.

Microsoft suggests you just let the normal Windows update system handle installation of the service pack but yoiu can  can download the file and install it manually. The install will take around 30 minutes and you will have to reboot the PC during the process.

You will need from 750MB to 7400MB of available disk space storage to complete the installation procedure, so plan accordingly. If you have a pre-release version of SP1 installed, you will have to uninstall it before you install the latest version.

Some antivirus software may prevent SP1 from being installed properly, so you may want to temporarily turn off your antivirus while the installation takes place.

Microsoft CRM Mobility on the iPad

February 24th, 2011

The enthusiasm and feedback regarding a native iPad client has been just incredible, so we’re very pleased to announce that Mobile CRM is now available s a Universal App, running natively on both iPhone® and iPad®!

 This release for iPhone/iPad also adds Hybrid Client support, giving users the ability to view not only offline records, but also online records, directly from the CRM server on their mobile device.

Microsoft Dynamics Ax 2012 – interview with Guy Weismantel

February 23rd, 2011

Microsoft’s Director of ERP Marketing, Guy Weismantel, was recently interviewed by Don Fornes of Software Advice about the latest updates to the Dynamics ERP product line

Over the next two weeks,  you will be able to view 7 videos, each centered on one question about Dynamics ERP offerings.

The  first clip :“What’s new in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012?”

You can view the footage at:

Today’s question is:

 “Can Microsoft Dynamics ERP move to the cloud?”

at Vision- iptv update

February 23rd, 2011

We launched the ONE Vision iPTV solution in Dubai at the Hotel Show last year- see us there again this year.

We would like to give you an update of the newest developments :

  • OTT (Live Streaming via Internet)
  • Integration of shopping carts to simplify selling of services and products
  • Integration of advertisement pop-ups
  • Background layout to be modified for different seasons 
  •  New Remote Control ONEvision™
  •  Integration of iPhone, iPad and further smartphones to be used for the ONEvision platform

Some recent new users of ONE Vision ipTV:

  •  Hyatt Regency Johannesburg
  •  Hyatt Regency Duesseldorf
  •  The Empire Hotel & Country Club, Brunei
  • Sandy Lane, Barbados
  • Sparkassenakademie
  • Madagascar International Airport


February 15th, 2011

Every picture tells a story, doesn’t it? Yes! but a model tells a much more engaging story, especially for Owners who are not comfortable with drawing sets.

Present your project with a 3D model, and quickly show two construction sequence alternatives based on the model, or quickly change the scope in a particular location to make your presentation resonate with the Owner.

Take your 2D drawings, locate any changes and missing drawings and generate a 2D Drawings Change Report, and then produce a 3D model for business development.  .After coordination, generate Coordination Drawing Sets.

 Subcontractors provide submittal data and equipment information to ensure accurate modeling and to mimic near-installation conditions. Expert users then generate detailed coordination drawings fully annotated with dimensions including: to column lines, to steel, elevations, etc. Break out the drawings by trade or and let the  project team review for accuracy and efficiency and then final delivery for use in the field.

To bring this 2D capability in-house, use Doc Set Manager – our solution for collating and comparing thousands of construction drawings to pinpoint where changes have occurred between the versions.


1. Save a staggering amount of time identifying changes (or missing sheets) in construction drawing sets.

2. A business development BIM model will help win the deal.

3. Off-site fabrication shaves weeks off the schedule and improves quality.

4. Clash analysis, to design out problems before those get to site

5. Integration between model costs and plan to support what if analysis and optimal design

6. Integrated location based planning ofr effcient scheduling and visual reporting againsr the model to highlight bottlenecks and speed up decision making.

Sharepoint 2010

February 14th, 2011

Sharepoint – Collaboration, file sharing and web publishing

Microsoft SharePoint’s various roles in a business environment helps with collaboration, file sharing and web publishing.
SharePoint users can access SharePoint functionality through multiple methods. The primary user interface is a web-based application accessed through a browser.

 SharePoint Sites provide a “one-stop shop” for all your business Web sites with a  full set of tools that your people can use to create any kind of site, plus a single infrastructure that simplifies site management.

 From a team site for colleagues, to an extranet site for partners, to an Internet site for customers, people can share and publish information using one familiar system.

 Product Positioning – Gartner Inc. defines a portal as “a Web software infrastructure that provides interaction with relevant information assets (for example, information/content, applications and business processes), knowledge assets and human assets by select targeted audiences, delivered in a highly personalized manner.”

 Microsoft SharePoint is a consideration in more Gartner portal inquiries,  than any other vendor (over 70%).  

The Gartner Magic Quadrant for horizontal portals clearly shows SharePoint as the leading solution

To get more out of your Sharepoint investment Synergy offers a range of complementary solutions: from an intuitive workflow tool,  to pre built soltuions for HR, CRM, QA, and Proejct Management , and even for e-Governement, or for  large scale Project Collaboration.

SharePoint  can be further enhanced by integration with Mind Manager.

Synergy recently  implemented EPM 2010 on a SharePoint 2010 farm. 

With the advent of Office 365 we exepct to see exponential growth in SharePoint adoption by users.

Lotus NotesLinker 3.9 Pro and MindManager 9 for Windows

February 14th, 2011

NotesLinker from Spirit Education and MindManager from Mindjet make it possible to work simply and visually with Lotus Notes® and MindManager. The right combination of products from two different worlds makes technology more efficient.

  • MindManager Version 9 for Windows (new license or upgrade license) from Mindjet
  • MindManager Version 9 Add-In: NotesLinker 3.9 Pro (new license) from Spirit Education

Target audience: MindManager users who also work with Lotus Notes®; customers who would like to upgrade to MindManager Version 9 and new MindManager customers.

Ask for detials: Call Pankaj: 00971 43365589

HR and SharePoint

February 13th, 2011

Much of HR involves document centric workflows , a self service for employees  to access Corpoorate noticeboard information , or Corporate policies, or to access standard HR forms , or to request leave and report absence, to apply for psotions, etc

Many HR solutions document repositories  lack the powerful search and version control features of SharePoint. SharePOint privdes a powerfulworkflow engine to a point but for more complex workflows users need an easy tool to create and to configure the workflow stages and approval hierarchies.

HR solutions often maange HR amdininstration organsiation structures and employee records but all too often fall short when it comes to Stategic HR , Talent management, recruitment etc.


We offer a comprehensive HR Management solution built on SharePoint to doa llthis and more.

SharePoint provides a proven platform with an out of the box Portal, and Content Management, out of the box integration  ith SSRS for reporting and EPM and Excel Server and other Microsoft office tools for offcie productivity. It also adapts itself to every area of the business and provides a proven framework e.g. for security and development,  an integration

If you need a strategic management solution or want to get more ftom your investment in SharePoint, then why not call us to discuss.

00971 43365589

Dynamics CRM 4, Update Rollup 15 released

February 13th, 2011

The latest Update Rollup for CRM 4, Update Rollup 15, was just released today.  You can read the KB article here and download the bits here.  Highlights of this release include increased compatibility with Internet Explorer 9, and fixes to an issue that in some cases prevented synchronization of appointments with some mobile devices.

Comprehensive Rental Software

February 13th, 2011

From a single user to out of the box enterprise integration with Microsoft Dynamics Ax.  Just look at the comeprehensive features:

Warehouse / Location List
Purchase Orders
Price Enquiry
Manufacturers List
Cost Allocation   
Cost Calculation
Employee List
Hierarchical Product Catalogue
Product Groups for Invoicing
Product Collection List –‘sets of equipment’
Ad hoc Service charges
Product Insurance Data
Product Insurance Periods
Insurance Type List
Motor-hour Invoicing    
Fuel Accounting
Operators Work-Hours List
Product Maintenance Schedule
Manufacturer Warranty Control
Receipt Orders
Transfer Orders
Disposal Orders
Bulk-item Processing 
(Process bulk-items when thousands units of parts are registered under one code, for example wood and formwork.)

Feature rich easy to use – Customer self service inquiry and  booking  portal  option

Powerful BI option with out of the box kpis and reports

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